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Astana, the capital and second largest city of Kazakhstan, presents an interesting and intriguing blend of old Soviet architecture with the modern designs of Norman Foster and the likes. It took over the role of capital city from Almaty (the largest city) in December 1998. The city has its own charms and pleasures. Now it's undergoing a transformation costing billions of dollars, where top international architects assist in trying to make Astana a worthy capital - not only of Kazakhstan but of all Central Asia.